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employees of the retail giant are threatening to strike on black friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year. and new life for the twinkie. days after it looked like hostess would be shutting down and its treats taken off the market, the iconic bakery gets one last shot at survival. captioning funded by cbs good morning, everybody. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. this morning efforts for a cease fire between israel and hamas are picking up, but so far no results. hillary clinton is on her way for a meeting with prime minister benjamin netanyahu tomorrow. clinton will also meet with palestinian leaders in gaza before heading to cairo. today, the seventh day of hostilities, israeli aircraft hit a hamas center as more rockets rain down on israel.
susan mcginnis is following it all. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. the white house says secretary clinton will not meet with hamas while she's in the region. for now, the head of the u.n. is trying to get both sides to hold their fire without success. mosques in gaza issued the prayer for morning prayers today, even as bombs and missiles rained down around them. the israeli military says it hit about 100 terror sites overnight, including the islamic national bank in gaza city that israel says is used to fund terror operations. hamas militants have launched more than a thousand rockets into israel during this week-long battle. palestinian officials say 38 more people were killed monday, including women and children. israel says it's trying to minimize civilian casualties. >> the problem is the terrorists are hiding these rocket launchers deep inside civilian
areas and mosques and schools and people's homes, firing them at our civilians. it's very hard to get to this equipment, but it's necessary. >> reporter: president obama is sending secretary of state hillary clinton to israel to help with cease fire negotiations. she'll arrive today and meet with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu tomorrow. >> the bottom line is it has to be an end to rocket fire that threatens israel. >> reporter: the political leader of hamas told reporters in cairo hamas will not stop launching rockets until israel stops its bombing campaign and ends the blockade of gaza. he also said israel is bluffing and won't send troops into gaza. israeli officials say that's no bluff. now, as for the prospects of a ground invasion on the part of israel, president obama said he is not asking israel to hold off on that. he says israel has the right to make its own security decisions. >> susan, thank you so much.
as we reported, egyptian officials are at the center of the truce talks. clarissa ward is there this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. >> these talks seem to be as an impasse. what's the latest on the ground this morning? >> reporter: well, egyptian officials have been saying that they believe that some kind of a truce agreement may be imminent, that there were "encouraging signs from both sides," but certainly after speaking to a source close to the hamas delegation here, it seems like there are some major sticking points, primarily hamas is demanding an end to the israeli blockade of the gaza strip. now, that seems very unlikely that the israelis would accept that because of the fear that lifting that blockade would result in an influx of weapons into gaza that could get into the hands of militants. >> we know this morning now that hillary clinton, secretary of state, heading to that region for those talks.
what impact can she have? >> reporter: well, obviously secretary clinton is very experienced dealing with problems in this part of the world. she knows all the major plays. she's likely to have the greatest influence obviously on israel, because the u.s. does not deal directly with hamas, but essentially she'll be joining a chorus of regional leaders in trying to apply intense diplomatic pressure to get both sides to step back from the brink before it's too late. >> reporter: khalid is the group's political leader, i know you had a chance to talk to him directly yesterday. you asked him does hamas want pease with -- peace with israel? what did he say? >> reporter: well, he didn't really answer the question directly. he began by giving a message to the american people, that the american people need to wake up and stop supporting israel and
stand instead in support of 350 million arabs. and then he said that essentially he sees the palestinians as the victims in this situation and the israelis as the aggressors. so in his mind, it is up to the israelis to sort of reach out to make the first step towards putting down their weapons and establishing some kind of a pac -- peace. >> clarissa, thank you so much for the update. meanwhile, four men in california have been arrested in a terrorist plot. federal officials say the men arranged to join al qaeda and the taliban. they allegedly plans to kill americans at home and in afghanistan by bombing government buildings. if convicted, they could face up to 15 years in prison. in washington, republicans are digging in their heels over the possible nomination of susan rice to be the next secretary of state. 97 house republicans signed a letter to president obama saying rice misled the nation about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. rice has been criticized for saying shortly after attack that it did not appear to be an act
of terrorism. president obama wraps up his trip to southeast asia. his last stop was cambodia. he attended a summit of regional leaders and in a private meeting expressed his concern over human rights issues in cambodia. wet weather is forecast to continue through the week in the pacific northwest. heavy rain and wind is causing extensive damage in washington and oregon. there is widespread flooding and wind damage. the storm has killed at least two people and 20,000 customers lost power. seattle is expected to get five inches of rain over the next few days. >> all of a sudden you just slam into a horrible lake in the road. >> this flooding started coming in the door a couple hours ago and now we're just trying to get things up and away out of the water. >> wind gusts in the mountains topped 100 miles per hour. indianapolis police are now investigating that powerful house explosion as a possible
homicide. the november 10th blast destroyed dozens of homes and killed two people. officials believe natural gas was involved. search warrants have been issued and investigators are looking for a white van that was seen in the neighborhood. the friday after thanksgiving is one of the busiest shopping days of the year, but this year unhappy walmart employees plan to strike. ben tracey reports. >> reporter: dozens of walmart workers protested outside this store near washington, d.c. today. >> we want a living wage. we want to be respected on our job. >> reporter: hundreds of similar pickets are planned across the country. >> this is not a fun experience anymore, no. >> reporter: dan has worked at this walmart near los angeles for four years. the former employee of the month makes $9.80 an hour. >> reporter: are you scheduled to work on black friday? >> i am. >> reporter: do you plan to work on black friday? >> i do not. >> reporter: how come?
>> walmart needs to know that it's not fair how they treat us. >> reporter: they want minimum hourly pay raised to $13, less costly health care. next year their insurance premiums will jump by as much as 36% as walmart scales back its contribution. >> we don't want to walk out on black friday. it's just something we have to do because it's the right thing to do. >> reporter: he says his schedule was cut to 15 hours per week when he joined a group of walmart employees who favor unionizing. he lost custody of his 4-year-old son when he could no longer support him. >> so i lost my son and i'm kind of regretting working for walmart, but i have to provide. it's biggest retailer in the world and you can't help me provide for my son? it tears me apart big-time. >> reporter: walmart tried to head off large-scale protests with a complaint to the national labor relations board. company says the demonstrations are being orchestrated by outside unions. david tobar is the walmart vice president. >> i think this is just another union publicity stunt and the
numbers that they're talking about are grossly exaggerated. if associates are scheduled to work on black friday, we expect them to show up and do their job. if they don't, depending on the circumstances, there could be consequences. >> reporter: walmart has been successful in stopping repeated attempts to unionize its 1.3 million workers in the u.s. it's not clear if these workers are trying to form a union or simply shame walmart on the biggest shopping day of the year. we will take a quick break. when we come back, a lifeline for hostess. the snack maker ordered to get back to the negotiating table with union workers in a last ditch attempt to save the company. workers in a last ditch attempt to save the company. for such heavy measures with olay. regenerist micro-sculpting serum for firmer skin in 5 days. pretty heavy lifting for such a lightweight. [ female announcer ] olay regenerist. try this...
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couldn't catch it all. scientists say the flares weren't directed toward earth. so they'll have little effect on our planet. home sales rise and ac dc finally rocks itunes. ashley morison with more. >> asian markets were mostly lower as profit takers moved in. tokyo's nikkei shed a fraction, ending a four-day winning streak, while the hang seng also shred a fraction. wall street investors hope to extend the optimism over a possible deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. on monday, the dow shot up 207 points while the nasdaq added 62. if leaders in washington can't avoid the fiscal cliff by reaching a budget agreement, a series of deep spending cuts and tax increases will go into effect. scott pelley had a chance to speak to lloyd blankfein about the looming crisis. he says in order to reduce the deficit, spending cuts will be necessary as well as tax hikes.
>> why can't you just cut your way out of the deficit? >> for sure, certain people in this country wouldn't like the society you would have if you did that, and personally, i don't think i would like it either if we went as far as to close our entire budget deficit in that way. >> what kind of society would bit? >> i think it would be one where the safety net would be more porous and lower to the ground. >> blankfein added that people should lower their expectations on entitlements such as medicare and social security. today the commerce department releases data on housing starts. on monday, the national association of realtors said sales of previously occupied homes was up 2.1% in october. and with more homes going off the market, prices are being pushed higher. the shelf life of hostess and its array of treats is getting extended. the company and its unionized bakers will go through private mediation in hopes of avoiding liquidation. that means hostess will not go
out of business just yet. last week it looked like the maker of twinkies was closing up for good. and rock bands are giving this news a thumbs up. or maybe the devil horns. yes, i had to do it. ac dc is hitting the itunes music store. they were one of the few acts that had not released its music digitally. 16 of their studio albums, along with four live albums are now available. and the band's latest live album is released today. that ac dc will shake you all night long. you know how to do it, too, huh? you're so cool. >> ashley, thank you so much. coming up, your tuesday morning weather. and in sports, do we have a quarterback controversy in san fran? after the niners backup turns in a strong performance on "monday night football." niners back up turns in a strong performance on "monday night football." in cranberry and pomegranate blueberry.
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northeast and midwest, but a few showers could dot the great lakes region. in sports this morning, the battle of the backup quarterbacks in san francisco. both starters, the bears' jay cutler and the 49ers' alex smith out with concussions. san fran's colin kaepernick came out on top passing for two tds against bears. chicago's jason campbell, tough night for this guy, getting sacked five times and tossing two interceptions. san francisco crushes chicago 32-7. in basketball, down to the wire in dallas. in ot, just over a minute and a half on the clock. o.j. mayo hits the floater to tie the score. the warriors don't waste any time regaining the lead on david lee's quick lay-up, but dallas can't find the hoop. golden state holds on for a victory here 105-101. maryland is shaking up college ball. the school's president announced the terrapins will join the big ten in 2014. the big ten reportedly paid its members more than $24 million in
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handcuffs after allegedly making a threatening comment. police say the plane had just left the gate at laguardia airport on monday when the manmade the remark. the flight was delayed about an hour. the man has been charged with making a terroristic threat and falsely reporting an incident. an independent panel wants to take the stigma out of getting tested for the aids virus. they say all americans from the ages of 15 to 64 should get tested at least once, not just people considered at high risk for the virus. the panel also recommends pregnant women should get tested. currently over one million americans are living with hiv, but nearly one in five don't even know it. a dog could hold the key to helping the 200,000 people in the u.s. living with a spinal cord injury. this is jasper, a 10-year-old dachshund. his back legs were paralyzed after being hit by a car. scientists took some cells from his nose and implanted them into his spine and six months later, he could walk again. wow. researchers say while this is
promising, they are still a long way from restoring spinal functions in humans. it appears singer rihanna's tour plane has descended into disturbia. mayhem broke out on the 777 plane carrying the singer and journalists. this is an around the world tour here. an australian shock jock streaked through the aisles monday. reporters supplied with plenty of alcohol were complaining about the lack of access to rihanna. so we've got people getting naked. we've got rihanna on the plane. and then you've also got all of this in one place. sounds like a party to me. don't threat suit fool you. this is what journalists do sometimes. i'm terrell brown. this is the "cbs morning news."
dean reynolds pays a visit. >> reporter: just off the town square of rushville, illinois, population 3,300, is the office of doctor russell donor. age 87. >> i came here in 1955, i believe it was. there was a doctor that was here by himself, and so i came here. except all of a sudden he left. >> reporter: dr. donor charged $2 a visit then. >> you need some medicine, don't you? >> reporter: he pushed it up to $3 in the '60s, and to deal with inflation, raised it to $5 a few decades later and left it there. most of his income comes from his share in a family farm. do you ever dig into your own pocket to help people who need medical care? >> oh yes, occasionally. you know, be sure to take care
of whatever comes. always have anyway. >> reporter: his office is cluttered. patients wait their turn. there are no appointments. there are no computers either. no copiers. but lots of cards. rotary phones. and his two 80-something assistants, edie and rose. many of the doctor's patients are unemployed and have no health insurance, but that's not a problem when they sprain an ankle or step on a nail, like sue did. >> oh, we love him here. we don't know what we'd do without him. you get the best service. this man knows what he's doing. >> reporter: he still makes house calls. still makes his rounds at the local hospital. when was the last time you took some time off? >> i really don't remember. if there's something that i can do for people, that's what i'm here for. >> reporter: is that your sort of philosophy of life? >> it's always been the way it was.
>> reporter: was, is, and will be for as long as he is able. dean reynolds, cbs news, rushville, illinois. coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," live reports on the war zone on the latest round of fighting in the middle east. we'll get an update from israel. plus, a look at the use of tasers and the risk of cardiac arrest. plus, strategies for surv e surviving the busy holiday travel season. and the very latest on hostess, thousand snack maker is getting another shot at staying in business. keep your fingers crossed. that is the morning news for this tuesday. as always, appreciate you watching. i'm terrell brown. take care, everybody, on this tuesday. have a great day. ,,,,
>> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald hi, everyone. and good morning. it's tuesday, november 20. good to have you with us. i'm frank mallicoat. >> i'm michelle griego. time now is just about 4:30. a little windy coming in this morning. >> a little windy and the doppler is active. that's what lawrence says. >> it is. i think throughout the day today we're going to see doppler picking up more rain out there. right now light showers showing up in parts of the north bay but we're expecting more rain throughout the day and the rest of the bay area going to get hit too. we'll talk more about that coming up. >> high-def doppler radar hard at work this morning. so are our